Just as with prescription drugs, natural health products can present substantial risks and prompt the same areas of concern. Although some of these effects may be life-threatening, current literature on these important issues is scant.
With the use of natural health products on the rise, physicians require quality evidence with which to make evidence-based decisions and provide answers to their patients. Herbal Medicines in Pregnancy and Lactation focuses entirely on the therapeutics, safety and risk information of herbs and supplements used during pregnancy and lactation for obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and primary care physicians.
1. Introduction - Why is this book needed, and how to use it?
2. Plant constituents - what are the terms that may be found in the book?
3. Definitions in pregnancy and lactation
4. Evidence grades
5. Botanical medicines